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This picture can be interpreted in several ways. It can be seen as a woman, dressed in her earthly finery, but with her body shown as it will be after her death – as a skeleton. In a parody of seduction, she lifts her dress to reveal a shapely leg, but all she can show are bones. Her earthly attractions have perished, and she is a reminder to the living of the fate that awaits everyone. Conversely, it can be seen as the figure of Death in the guise of a woman, trying to draw the male viewer into the clutches of death by the female arts of seduction.
oil on canvas
174 x 73 cm
183 Euston Road, London, Greater London NW1 2BE EnglandView venue
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